Little Black Dress by Loren D. Estleman
(Peter Macklin, The Nine-to-Five Killer, Book 5)

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Multiple Shamus Award winner Loren D. Estleman is "a superb stylist as well as a deft storyteller [who] paints his people and his city with acerbic wit and wry affection" (San Diego Union-Tribune). Peter Macklin was a hit man for a long time but he has taken steps to distance himself from his tattooed past, like quitting the mob, moving away from Detroit, and marrying the gorgeous, intelligent Laurie. But retirement isn't easy for an ex-hit man.

Now the man accustomed to killing people in cold blood must adjust to a sadistic ritual of early marriage... he must spend time with his eccentric mother-in-law. This event takes an unexpected turn when Macklin discovers mom-in-law's boyfriend Benjamin Grinnell is a spotter for a gang of armed robbers. Unfortunately, Grinnell made a big mistake: he failed to spot a shotgun-toting shop-owner, whom the gang had to turn into red mist. Now Grinnell's life is threatened, and Grinnell's jeopardy endangers his sweetie... and Laurie.

Macklin, driven by his professional curiosity and his desire to protect his family, can't help but get involved. As Macklin investigates Grinnell's dark affairs, he inevitably gets tangled up with Grinnell's enemies, including the Ohio mob... and the law. All parties converge in a deadly shootout, with the lives of Macklin's loved ones and the fate of his marriage precariously hanging in the balance.

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About Loren D. Estleman

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Loren D. Estleman was born in Michigan on September 15, 1952. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. He spent several years as a reporter on the police beat before leaving to write full time in 1980. He wrote book reviews for such newspapers as The New York Times and The Washington Post and contributed articles to such periodicals as TV Guide. He is a writer of mysteries and westerns. His first novel was published in 1976 and since then he has published more than 60 books which have been translated into 23 languages. He received four Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America, five Golden Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, two American Mystery Awards from Mystery Scene Magazine, and the Michigan Author's Award in 1987.
Published January 2, 2007 by Forge Books. 244 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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See them buy into the illusion that a contract killer’s past is just like that of the owner of a string of camera shops, for instance—the story the Macklins float before Laurie’s mom when Pete meets her for the first time.

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The conflict at the heart of this intense, powerfully told story is almost Shakespearean: to protect the woman he loves, retired killer Peter Macklin must go back to his old life, knowing that in so doing he risks losing her.

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Hit man Peter Macklin "steals" Laurie by persuading her to become his wife although her mother Pamela raises an eyebrow or two since he is her age not her daughter's age.

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